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Dow will deliver over 2,000 metric tons of DOWTHERM™ A, a well known, specialized heat transfer fluid – to the Andasol I Solar Energy plant in Guadix, in southern Spain this year. A few months thereafter, Dow will fill the Iberdrola Renovables plant in Ciudad Real with nearly 1,000 metric tons of DOWTHERM™ A and will deliver another 2,000 metric tons of the same heat transfer fluid to Andasol II, also located near Guadix. Each plant will provide 50 megawatts of electrical power for a combined total of 150 megawatts, enough electricity for about 90,000 homes. Both of the Andasol…
As operator of Block 17, Total announces the launch of development of the CLOV project and the awards of the principal contracts. This project is the fourth development pole in Angola’s deep offshore Block 17, after Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor.
Eskom and Joint Stock Company “Techsnapexport” (Tenex) signed a contract in Moscow on 5 August 2010 for the supply of low enriched uranium, known as Enriched Uranium Product (EUP) to Eskom.The negotiations for this contract have been in progress for some time, and were completed during the 9th meeting of the South African and Russian Inter-governmental Technical and Economical Cooperation (ITEC) meeting held in Moscow on 2 and 3 August 2010.
A new biofuels technology company, Stellenbosch Biomass Technologies (SBMT) was launched on Friday 2 July in Sandton. SBMT has the ability and expertise to lead Southern Africa towards a sustainable energy future.
Africa’s premier energy event, the Energy Indaba Conference & Exhibition, takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from March 1 to 3 2011. As in previous years, the event promises and impressive line-up of local and international speakers, delegates and exhibitors, who will gather to debate a new energy future for Africa.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010: Eskom is happy to announce that the outstanding municipal debtby municipalities in the Free State has been settled to our satisfaction.
This is the second article in a three-part series of using wasted resources in local municipalities. The first article focused on the beneficiation of municipal solid waste. In this article, energy savings in municipal wastewater plants will be discussed.The recent release of the Green Drop Report by the Water & Environmental Affairs Ministry in South Africa has highlighted the challenges lying ahead for municipal wastewater plants. One can be alarmed at the poor status of South Africa’s wastewater infrastructure – however, credit should also be given to the Ministry for openly admitting its shortcomings and making a commitment to aggressively…
A new interactive Google Earth map showing the impacts of a 4°C world was launched today by the Government.
Wagner & Co Solar Technology, originally founded in 1979 by a group of environmental technology students, has established an US subsidiary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Wagner Solar Inc. is the latest expansion of Wagner & Co Solar Technology after a successful history of growth throughout Europe, with subsidiaries in Spain, France and Italy and more than 400 employees.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) have revolusionised the energy-efficient lighting industry. Lighting represents approximately 17.5% of global electricity consumption and the US alone accounts for approximately 20% of this amount at an annual cost of over US$40-billion (www.pikeresearch.com).
Researchers from BASF, Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW), Heidelberg University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are seeking to convert CO2 into fuel. The Verbund Solar2fuel programme plans to convert carbon dioxide into climate neutral fuels with the aid of sunlight.
SANERI, (a subsidiary of CEF (Pty) Ltd) SIGNING MOU WITH THE CSIR AND AAAMSA TOESTABLISH THE SOUTH AFRICAN REGIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY CENTRE, (SAREEC)I. PurposeThe purpose of the MOU is to facilitate coordination and cooperation concerning the establishment of the South African Regional Energy Efficiency Centre (SAREEC), in order to centralize an established building envelope components testing effort with capabilities to provide energy performance testing, research and development for South Africa, the Southern African Development Community and the sub-Saharan African region.
New online tool for easy calculation of the ecological footprintPresentation by Prof. Dr. Andreas KünkelHead of Research BiopolymersBASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
State-owned power utility Eskom is providing weekly reports on the status of electricity supply during the 2010 FIFA World Cup period. During the first week of the tournament (11 June – 14 June), Eskom announced that it had supplied the peak demand for electricity comfortably and that the network and generation plant performed well.
“Urgent action from the international community is required to address what is today an unacceptable situation,” says Professor Abubakar Sambo, World Energy Council Vice-Chair for Africa. “None of the Millennium Development Goals can be delivered without access to modern energy services for the 1,5-billion people who today live without it.”
The World Bank has approved a US$220-million loan for the Wind Power Development Project in Egypt. The loan was approved on 15 June and US$150-million is financed from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF). This is the first CFT-supported project in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The European Union (EU) recently announced concern that over 55% of its energy still comes from outside its jurisdiction. In order to reduce the energy reliance outside the EU, legislations have been passed to force large utilities to promote to their customers a more frugal approach to energy usage, backed by massive investment in the renewable sector.
Almost one quarter of global electricity could be generated from nuclear power by 2050, making a major contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This is the central finding of the Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap, published on 16 June by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Such an expansion will require nuclear generating capacity to more than triple over the next 40 years, a target the roadmap describes as ambitious but achievable.
On 16 June, the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Kandeh K Yumkella, said that technology transfer is a key element of global efforts related to energy-efficiency and climate change mitigation and Japan could play a lead role in this respect.
On 24 June, the power generation company IPSA Group announced that its NewCogen subsidiary restarted production of electricity under an emergency contract with Eskom. The contract stipulates that the plant will provide electricity during a period of power shortages, which coincides with the FIFA World Cup.
Tenesol, a global solar photovoltaic PV manufacturer, has increased its production capacity at its Cape Town facility, following a €1,5-million investment. The company also increased its production capacity at one of its facilities in France, giving the group a total capacity of 170-MW peak a year (approximately 800 000 modules a year).
“According to the International Energy Agency, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an environmental disaster caused by human error which could have been avoided. This is a catastrophe that could have been avoided,” said Nobuo Tanaka, IEA Director-General, at a press conference on the occasion of publication of the agency's medium-term outlook for the oil market on 23 June. “We have to wait until the investigation.”
11 June 2010 – 14 June 2010Summary:• Eskom comfortably supplied the peak demand for electricity. The network and generation plant performed well.
Viewing climate change activities as an investment rather than an expense can open doors to hidden opportunities, Ernst and Young (E&Y) stated after conducting a survey on business perspective on climate change policies.
BP have been trying to control the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico since the large scale oil spill began on the 20th of April just off the coast of Louisiana. Ruptures in drilling infrastructure below the surface of the waters were caused by an explosion and fire on the deep sea oil rig, which killed 11 people and is causing a major ecological disaster.
Most hard-core business people and techies consider the iPad to be a luxury item. Critics call it a toy, a great gadget with a pretty screen that’s fun to play with but not necessarily ready for the boardroom. I would disagree. With the right apps, an iPad can be a great tool for small business owners; one that could actually help them transform the way they work and even make them leaner and greener in the long run. Here are a few of our top apps for small businesses.
With green IT proving its mettle in providing unrivalled and hard-to-overlook energy and cost benefits, the proliferation of sustainable IT practices are becoming more apparent and getting more focus on the CIO’s agenda.
At the Intersolar trade fair Sputnik Engineering will unveil two new central invertersBiel, 7 June 2010. Sputnik Engineering, based in Switzerland is adding two new centralinverters with greater outputs to their new SolarMax TS series.
A fact finding and information gathering process is underway at Eskom’s Lethabo Power Station, after the accident that occurred on Saturday, 15 May 2010.
On 20 April 2010, a large scale oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, resulted in gallons of crude gushing into the sea and nearing the shore. The spill was a result of ruptured drilling infrastructure far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico waters and the rupture occurred after an explosion and fire aboard Transocean’s, Deepwater Horizon’s deep sea oil rig.BP, the oil company, contracted with Transocean to use the rig. Eleven workers died and on 1 May, the Washington Post reported that oil was spilling out of the seafloor at 5,000 barrels…
Andrew Gilder, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd.COP15 - further guidance to the CDMThe annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also acts as the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Kyoto Protocol (collectively the COP/MOP) and, every year since the inception of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the COP/MOP has provided so-called “Further guidance relating to the CDM”.
“Currently there are two dire problems under the spotlight in South Africa; the energy supply crisis and the proliferating creation of waste. Authorities are hard pressed to find effective and sustainable solutions to these quandaries. However, there is a possible solution to satisfy both problems simultaneously,” says Quentin van Coller, Business Development manager at Nyamezela Group.
Carbon Market Data is pleased to announce the launch today online of the Aviation ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) Database.
May 4, 2010: Total announces the inauguration of the world’s largest olefin cracker based on ethane in Ras Laffan, Qatar. With a production capacity of 1.3 million tons of ethylene per year, the Ras Laffan Olefin Cracker (RLOC) will feed the new Qatofin polyethylene plant inaugurated in Mesaieed last November. Total Petrochemicals, through its participations in Qapco and Qatofin, joint ventures with Qatar Petroleum, holds 22.2% of RLOC. The other partners are Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. The ethane feedstock used in the Ras Laffan cracker comes from the North Field,a giant offshore gas field in which Total…
Lateral thinking (‘exploring multiple possibilities and approaches instead of pursuing a single approach’) can provide many valuable new tools in solving old problems. At a time of ever increasing traffic volume on our roads, rising fuel prices, social exclusion, rising congestion, pollution and an apparent lack of viable public transport *or* road building solutions it surely is time for some serious lateral thinking.
Despite its young age, there are many indicators that the South African market for green buildings is poised for rapid growth. The sustained development of the market is likely to be ensured should government, non-governmental organisations and the private sector work in collaboration.
Johan Stander , 2010 Project Manager - Electrical Machines Laboratory (EML), Stellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa has been involved in Antarctic research since 1959. Today, the fourth South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE IV) base gives a secure haven to numerous summer and over-wintering scientists. The base is managed by the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP).
April 27, 2010: Total announces the signing of an agreement for the sale of its interests in the Valhall (15.72%) and Hod (25%) fields, in the Norwegian North Sea, to BP. This transaction, amounting to 991 million dollars, is subject to partners’ consent and approval by relevant authorities in the upcoming weeks.
Carbon Market Data is pleased to announce the launch today online of the Aviation ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) Database.
BASF to present energy efficient solutions at South Africa’s Green Building Conference 2010One of the key drivers of success in the construction industry is a thorough grasp of its trends, challenges, and demands. This is particularly important in the current economic climate, and it is those who recognize opportunities, and act upon them, that will emerge as industry leaders.
Do you have disaster risk reduction educational materials to promote? Please share them: http://www.preventionweb.net/english/submit/education/* Vulnerability and impact assessment for adaptation to climate change: IEA training manual volume twoInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), 2010This training manual on vulnerability and climate change impacts, assessments and adaptation presents a methodology to assess vulnerability to, and impacts of, climate change at national and sub-regional level. It is intended at training government officials and city and regional leaders to help in the development of their environment and climate change outlooks. Supported…
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), together with Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd is pleased to offer an exciting New Energy Reality Roadshow in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
The BASF Mobile Energy-Saving House on tour in EuropeThe MESH, BASF’s Mobile Energy-Saving House, is going on a tour through Europe. From the end of March to May 2010 the company will be sending the miniature passive house on a journey through Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Italy.
President Barack Obama unveiled plans on Wednesday for a limited expansion of U.S. offshore oil and gas drilling in an effort to win Republican support for new proposals to fight climate change.
April 7, 2010: Total announces that its subsidiary, TEPA (Block 15/06), Limited, and its partners have made two important oil discoveries in Angola at the Nzanza-1 and Cinguvu-1 wells, in the deep waters of the Angolan offshore.
Author: Timothy GardnerThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon issue rules that will determine which power plants and factories will face greenhouse gas regulations, an agency official said on Tuesday.
After lengthy discussions, Eskom and BHP Billiton have agreed to amend their current long-term Negotiated Pricing Agreements (NPAs) for the supply ofpower to BHP Billiton’s Mozal smelter in Mozambique and their Hillside and Bayside smelters in South Africa. This is a significant milestone that results in a new pricing path which will not be linked to commodity pricing and foreign currency. Eskom’s Interim Executive Chairman, Mpho Makwana said: “This is a historic step in the right direction for Eskom and the country. These agreements were concluded in a period of excess capacity and changes in the current environment have required…
Friday, 9 April 2010: The World Bank has approved South Africa’s request for a US$3.75 billion loan to co-finance the Medupi power plant in Lephalale, Limpopo Province, and Eskom’s proposed concentrated solar project and wind energy projects.“This loan is a vote of confidence in South Africa and Eskom. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome this commitment to South Africa and to the regions’ future development. Eskom is thankful to all the role-players for making this loan possible. We look forward to the mutually beneficial relationship that will result from this support,” says Eskom’s Acting Chairman, Mpho Makwana. …
Summers in South Africa are typified extremely hot, dry in the west or stormy inland or coastal climatic conditions, meaning that a very large number of buildings around the nation rely on air conditioning to achieve comfortable working conditions.
Meet Ricardo de MatheuSan Jose, Costa Rica - February, 27, 2010 - Effective March 5th, 2010, Ricardo de Matheu will replace Fernando Alvarado as Manager of E+Co Capital, a subsidiary of E+Co, Inc. E+Co Capital is the Fund Manager of The Central American Renewable Energy and Cleaner Production Facility (CAREC), a venture capital fund investing in Central America.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, Yokohama, has announced that its eco-drive support system, Eco-mode function and Navigation-linked speed control, employed in its compact vehicles has won the ANRE (Agency for Natural Resources and Energy) Director-General’s award in the 20th annual Energy Conservation Prize.
Although the climate change conference in Copenhagen failed to achieve its objectives of a binding treaty around carbon emission reductions, sustainable business is here to stay and companies need to gear themselves towards a carbon constrained future.
Description: This 3 day course is designed for all those whose work involves maintenance, property, building and facilities management, and working with energy systems. The course is designed to help participants identify inefficiencies in the systems they work with by teaching them the process of how to conduct a walk-through audit.
“Don’t underestimate the cost of not doing anything about the decreasing electricity supply and rising electricity costs,” says Jonathan de Magalhães, Managing Director of Pre Plan Energy, a company that specialises in providing integrated renewable energy solutions to companies in Africa.
Many nuclear plants are aging and an increasing amount of people are starting to pay attention to the timely planning for and safe and cost-effect implementation of nuclear plant decommissioning (www.iaea.org). 25° in Africa finds out what South Africa is doing in this regard.
According to the New York Times, Washington’s climate policy analysts and several experts with ties to the Obama administration are starting to quietly abandon the once sacrosanct belief that all nations must agree to legally binding emission targets. There were many doubts that a legally binding treaty would be achieved at COP15 and when, after months of planning this was not achieved, people started to wonder whether it would be likely or even desirable to achieve this at the next Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico.
Mr. Yvo de Boer has announced today that he will resign his position as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as of 1 July 2010. Mr. de Boer will be joining the consultancy group KPMG as Global Adviser on Climate and Sustainability, as well as working with a number of universities.
A growing demand for top quality African carbon offsetsMany companies and individuals in Southern Africa are waking up to the need to monitor, manage, mitigate and now, importantly, offset their carbon footprint. This trend is being driven both by public opinion and awareness that sooner or later there will be some form of legislated requirement. The first movers are staking their claim – and in many cases, securing future sources of carbon offsets.
Meissner, leaders in the supply and design of Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Generators, has been awarded the UPS maintenance contract to service 442 Nedbank sites countrywide. The 442 sites include Investment Banking; Branches; In-retailers as well as their Campus sites which are their main data centres. In addition Meissner have also been awarded the maintenance contract to look after Nedbank’s 200 ATM sites.
CAPE TOWN – 10 February 2010 – The electricity metering market in South Africa is facing a period of significant change due to the implementation of smart metering systems. This is being driven by demand-side management initiatives and supporting government legislation, brought about by the national energy crisis. “Smart meters will allow for the implementation of time-of-use tariffs and remote disconnection of household appliances through two-way communication capabilities with utilities,” explains Frost & Sullivan energy analyst Ross Bruton. “This is expected to assist in decreasing peak demand in the country, thereby mitigating the current strain on Eskom’s spare capacity.” New…
Bonn, 12 February 2010 – The Executive Board of the clean development mechanism (CDM) has chosen Clifford Mahlung of Jamaica to chair the Board in 2010, and Pedro Martins Barata of Portugal to serve as Vice-Chair. Mr. Mahlung, who was Vice-Chair in 2009, takes over from Lex de Jonge of the Netherlands.
Smart is the past and the present CO2 championSindelfingen – The smart fortwo cdi is maintaining its top position among the most environmentally friendly cars with a combustion engine. The smart fortwo cdi now emits just 86 g/km of CO2 – less than all its competitors.
Eskom is calling on all students and professionals to design an energy-efficient lighting system that is suited for the residential market and promote the concept of energy efficiency. The prize money of all the prizes adds up to R200K and there are separate categories for student and professional submissions.The goal of this competition is to demonstrate that efficient lighting technologies, such as discharge, fluorescent and LED technologies, can be used in very contemporary and attractive luminaires and lighting design systems intended for residential lighting.The winner of the competition will be walking away with ZAR30 000, the runner-up gets ZAR20 000…
“Aurecon fulfills the role of mechanical engineer on South Africa’s first Green Star rated building.”The current economic situation has meant that, generally speaking, large project owners are starting to question the possibility of prioritising their overall spend in order to ensure they occupy a ‘sustainable’ building.
21st Annual eta Awards If you have a bright energy-saving idea or have developed an innovative process for saving electricity, you could find yourself being rewarded with a cash prize of R30 000 for your efforts as well as an eta Award. This will be handed over at a gala event in Johannesburg towards the end of October 2010.
NASTEP - new age solar technology environmental productsNast Environmental Projects (PTY) Ltd (NASTEP) is a South African importing, marketing, distribution and installation company for Himin thermal and solar products. NASTEP (Pty) Ltd has secured the sole South African distribution rights for Himin Solar Energy products.
DuPont is primarily known for its Tedlar films for encapsulation of solar modules in the PV sector, but at the end of last year the chemical corporation expanded its solar scope: its fully-owned subsidiary DuPont Apollo Ltd. started production of amorphous silicon thin-film modules in Shenzhen, China. At PHOTON's PV Thin Film Conference in San Francisco on Feb. 2, DuPont Apollo CEO Dr. David Chu will introduce the company's new thin-film module to the global solar industry.
In just two months, tyre giant Goodyear South Africa has managed to save 5,6-million litres of water – the amount 180 houses would use in a month – through an intensive, ongoing recycling initiative.
With interruptions in the supply of electricity a constant threat to the business and domestic scene, the launch of operations in the Western Cape of a leading South African power generating company should be welcomed.
Travel management for the Energy industry is multifaceted and ever changing, requiring a comprehensive knowledge of the industry and geographic locations to provide a holistic and comprehensive service for Energy travel management. Having well trained and knowledgeable consultants is also essential to the modern Oil & Gas TMC, not only to plan a client’s itinerary and logistics, but also to man the after hours call centre.
Seattle-based 3TIER is one of the largest independent providers of wind, solar and hydro energy assessment and power forecasting in the world and the company recently announced the geographical expansion of its advanced solar map and dataset. This suite of solar assessment products was previously only available for the Western Hemisphere, now includes Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.
130 heads of state and government attended the 15th annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Copenhagen from 7 – 18 December 2009. A global plan was needed to combat climate change and although everybody was hoping for a legally binding agreement, the conference ended with a nonbinding Accord. This political agreement was signed by 28 countries, including South Africa, the U.S., China, India, Brazil and several others.
WSP Africa has appointed Mathieu du Plooy as its new Managing Director. Du Plooy has a recognised track record in the role of Project Director for a number of national and international construction projects.
The World Nuclear Association has recently listed more than 30 countries that are actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programs as emerging nuclear energy countries. These countries range from developed to developing nations and Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Namibia have been recognised as emerging nuclear energy countries in central and southern Africa.
A new Acclimatise report backed by IBM, titled Global Oil & Gas – The Adaption Challenge has identified the top five impacts of climate change that these companies may face in the future. This report, which is based on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s request for investor information, surveyed 128 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies.
After the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002, Angolans started to rebuild the country and is still in the process of rebuilding. Independence from Portugal followed after conflict and fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led by Jose Eduardo Dos Santos and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Jonas Savimbi.
Thursday, 21 January 2010: Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed Eskom’s Local Currency rating at A- and its Foreign Currency rating at BBB+. This brings to an end the uncertainty created by the CreditWatch status. Both hold a negative outlook which is reflective of that of its shareholder, the Republic of South Africa.
Meissner, leaders in the supply and design of Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Generators, has been awarded the UPS maintenance contract to service 442 Nedbank sites countrywide. The 442 sites include Investment Banking; Branches; In-retailers as well as their Campus sites which are their main data centres. In addition Meissner have also been awarded the maintenance contract to look after Nedbank’s 200 ATM sites.
Old King Coal is looking stronger than ever following the Copenhagen summit on global warming and carbon emissions, but the nuclear option cannot be ignored.
130 heads of state and government attended the 15th annual Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen from 7 – 18 December 2009. A global plan was needed to combat climate change and although everybody was hoping for a legally binding agreement, the conference ended with a nonbinding accord. This political agreement was signed by 28 countries, including South Africa, the U.S., China, India, Brazil and several other countries.
Yiran Qian from Germany dreamed up "Endless Warm," a concept for solar cells integrated into hats and gloves to help keep the wearer warm. Finally solar clothing designs that are cute! The idea was submitted to Design Boom's Green Life design competition, and we love how the fair isle design makes solar power actually adorable.
A showcase project to prove the efficacy, efficiency and economic viability of commercial solar driven air-conditioning has been implemented in Pretoria, South Africa.
With the South African government committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, coal mining operations needing substantial capital investments and consumers facing higher costs of electricity, many companies are looking for ways to achieve energy savings and reduce their environmental footprint. Maxsys Ltd Fuel Systems, a leading supplier of energy saving equipment from the United Kingdom (UK), has recently formed a new company in order to support government bodies as well as industrial and commercial organisations in South Africa – Maxsys Energy SA.
• Largest temporary power solution in Southern Africa• Power plant will ensure reliable electricity supply to consumers and industrial customers in Botswana
Scientific relations between South Africa and Slovakia have been strengthened with the visit of a leading Slovak researcher to Stellenbosch to collaborate in the activities of biofuels researchers in the Department of Microbiology.
IFC and S&P Launch World’s First Carbon Efficient Index for Emerging Markets Aim to Redirect $1 Billion into Carbon-efficient Companies.
Copenhagen: Tor Svensen, COO DNV Maritime today introduced the press to the groundbreaking results of a new study depicting how the shipping industry, by 2030, could cut emissions by 30%.
Cape Town – 3 December 2009 – Future investments in clean technology are heavily dependant on the outcome of the 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The private sector is waiting to hear what target world leaders will commit to and what mitigating actions developing countries will undertake.
Eskom’s Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) for 2010/2011 – 2012/2013 has been adjusted from 45% to 35% per year. This revised tariff application has been submitted to Nersa and Eskom’s Acting Chairman, Mpho Makwana, says that the adjustment follows a process of rigorous engagement with various stakeholders to come up with a sustainable electricity tariff path without adversely affecting the country’s socio-economic progress.
For the first time ever, electricity is being delivered from a floating megawatt-class wind turbine. This research project, titled Hywind, was launched by Siemens and StatoilHydro approximately 12 km southeast of the Norwegian island of Karmøy. Hywind hopes to demonstrate that wind turbines, which are not permanently anchored to the ocean floor, can also make a significant contribution to the power supply.
The waste-to-energy concept is rapidly becoming an important component of integrated waste management strategies and has positive growth prospects. However, the high capital investment required in waste-to-energy plants and the low cost of electricity are causing the incentives for utilising energy generated from waste to be moderately limited.
A showcase project to prove the efficacy, efficiency and economic viability of commercial solar driven air-conditioning has been implemented in Pretoria. This project, which is an interesting paradox of utilising South Africa’s very source of heat to cool its buildings, is the first of its kind in South Africa. This project aims to define a new method of cooling buildings in Southern Africa by using absorption chiller technology and the data from this project is currently being collected and monitored for later analysis.
There are currently over 3000 schools in South Africa that are operating without electricity. Ben Sassman, from Surplus South Africa, has embarked on a renewable energy project that will use wind turbines to give electricity to these rural and township schools.
On November 13, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas underlined the importance of valuing nature and stressed how we should be protecting the environment. Commissioner Dimas will launch the findings in a key report by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project, a major independent global study co-funded by the European Commission.
Dr Monde Mayekiso has moved from his portfolio as Deputy Director-General Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) to focus on the area of marine science, ecosystem management and climate change within the department.
On the 25th of November, twenty two top international and South African companies were honoured at Frost & Sullivan’s second annual African Excellence Awards Banquet. The awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Sandton Hotel and awards were made to companies showcasing leading ideas and innovation across a variety of sectors.
With the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Copenhagen around the corner, many countries are putting out proposals about how they are going to reduce their short and long term emissions. The G8 has decided on the broad target of limiting the global average temperature to 2°C, but the major question is whether the combined individual national pledges are enough to ensure that global emissions are on their way towards reaching this limit.
The ISES Solar World Congress 2009, hosted by the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa in Johannesburg, was attended by participants from all over the world from Sunday, 11 October to Wednesday, 14 October. One of the conclusions was that the global target of 100% renewable energies is both attainable and necessary by the middle of the current century.
KEC, the engineering division of EON Consulting (Pty) Ltd., is changing its name to EON Engineering. EON’s engineering division is one of the leading suppliers of electrical engineering services to Southern African power utilities and the company is changing it’s brand to more closely identify with its parent organisation. EON.
Due to poor planning, decades of under-investment and deteriorating infrastructure, the provision of electricity in Mozambique has, thus far, been deficient. Lately, however, outstanding economic growth and the government rural electrification programme are galvanising the electricity industry in the country.
eSolar, a leading provider of modular, scalable solar thermal power technology, has partnered with Johannesburg-based Clean Energy Solutions (CES) to open eSolarSA in order to expand sales operations across Sub-Saharan Africa. Through the agreement, CES is granted the exclusive right to represent and distribute eSolar's concentrating solar power technology throughout a seven-country region, including the Republic of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
At its annual meeting held in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council (WEC) unanimously appointed Brian A. Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), as Chair-Elect of the WEC Studies Committee and a Member of the Officers’ Council. This announcement was made by Alison von Ketelhodt, Secretary-General of SANEA: “The handover from the current Chair of Studies will take one year and Brian will assume office in September 2010,” she explained.“The WEC studies play an integral role in shaping thinking in the global energy community, and the Chair of this Committee is a…
The Royal Danish Embassy has provided funding for the Urban Environmental Management (UEM) programme to implement a massive carbon off-set project in cooperation with the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA). Funding to the tune of approximately (ZAR18-million) has been set aside to support carbon off-set projects for the 2010 Soccer World Cup tournament, in cooperation with four UEM partners, namely: the DWEA, Western Cape, Cape Town and Durban municipalities.
As we approach the last round of international climate change negotiations prior to Copenhagen in December this year, it is critical to assess whether business in South Africa is significantly prepared to respond to international and national calls to action and strategic responses to climate change. Furthermore, as the negotiating blocs lobby for a new deal in Copenhagen, it is clear that climate change is increasingly presenting a threat not only to the environment but to business as well.
The international investor group Carbon Disclosure Project has again included BASF in the prestigious Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) as number one of all companies in the materials sector. Resultantly, in the area of climate protection, the chemical company is among the top performers in the CDLI, an index which includes corporations that excel in addressing the opportunities and risks presented by climate change and in the transparency of their reporting.
Works with Local Partner to Speed Solar Thermal Deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa PASADENA, Calif., and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – October 9, 2009 – eSolar, a leading provider of modular, scalable solar thermal power technology, has partnered with Johannesburg-based Clean Energy Solutions (CES) to open eSolarSA to expand sales operations across Sub-Saharan Africa. Through the agreement, CES is granted the exclusive right to represent and distribute eSolar's concentrating solar power technology throughout a seven-country region, including the Republic of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
The truth of sustainable design is that approximately 80% of the design decisions that influence a building's energy performance are made by the architect in the early design phase; the remaining 20% are made by engineers at the later phases of design. Therefore it is crucially important for architects to be able to utilise a quick and reliable energy performance evaluation at the very early stage of the building design process.
Green complex to host company’s largest customer event in Africa themed on increasing energy efficiency and raising industrial productivity in challenging economic times.
OSRAM’s history in South Africa dates back to 1969 when the company opened a sales office in Booysens, south of Johannesburg. During this time the company traded as Wotan lamps in South Africa and in certain other Commonwealth countries as the name OSRAM was registered by G.E.C.
September 23, 2009 – Cape Town - While most of us welcome the arrival of summer, we do not get equally excited about the insects that will be sharing our balmy evenings. No amount of insect repellent seems to keep these pesky critters at bay, which is resulting in more and more people turning to electronic insect killers, also known as bug zappers. The Eurolux ‘Kill Pest’ range, which includes designs for domestic use that are available in 12, 20 and 40 Watt units, as well as a portable re-chargeable model ideal for camping, is proving quite popular.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is envisaged to be a way for South Africa to breach the transitional phase to lessening its reliance on fossil fuels to a greater reliance on nuclear and renewable energy forms.
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have called for the widespread uptake of 'green' agricultural practices which will deliver multiple benefits to the world's rapidly growing populations: from combating climate change and eradicating poverty to boosting food production and providing sustainable sources of timber.
Airtricity, the renewable energy division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), recently signed an agreement with Siemens Energy for the delivery of 80 SWT-3.6-107 wind turbines for the Butendiek offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The offshore project, with a capacity of 288 megawatts (MW), will be commissioned in 2012 and is located 34 kilometres off the island of Sylt at a water depth of 20 metres.
A shining example of energy efficiencyGreen complex ready to host company’s largest customer event in Africa themed onincreasing energy efficiency and raising industrial productivity.
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has taken a significant step in positioning itself as a promoter of sustainable business and sustainability reporting in South Africa by launching Green, a book on why corporate leaders need to embrace sustainability to ensure profitability.
E+Co has launched the distance learning for energy entrepreneurs, part of an ambitious effort to reinvent capacity building and service delivery for sustainable development, an umbrella project called the Invisible Schoolhouse.
“67 Minutes - Taking Care of My Environment,” is the strong message that will resonate on 18 July as various activities unfold under the environment umbrella in celebration of Mandela Day. The scheduled events are in response to the call for South Africans to spend 67 minutes of their time doing something that would make a difference in communities.
Royal DSM N.V., the global Life sciences and Materials Sciences Company, announced their agreement to acquire the privately held Biopract GmbH, on 2 June 2009. This purchase, which has been finalised for an undisclosed amount,which is showing a 15-20% growth per year.
Mark Shuttleworth’s venture capital company, Here Be Dragons (HBD), is looking to make at least one more investment of between R10-million and R25-million in local, early stage businesses this year. Energy and fuels is one of the sectors in which it is likely that this investment could be made.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, U.S. President Barack Obama commented on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, saying "I think that when we look back 10 years from now, 15 years from now, we’re going to say to ourselves this was a moment when we decided to take action, to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and improve our environment. And I think what seems controversial now is going to seem like common sense in hindsight."
VWS Envig, a wholly owned subsidiary of Veolia Water, recently completed the refurbishment of the potable and demineralisation plants for Eskom’s Grootvlei Power Station. The power station falls under Eskom’s return to service initiative to increase its reserve margin, and will once again see production after almost two decades of inactivity.
Cutting-edge projects and pioneering engineering achievements have always been typicalSiemens merits – from intercontinental telegraph links to the Shannon project for theelectrification of Ireland. “Desert power for Europe“ is again one such visionary project.
It’s a well-known fact that when you design drugs, manufacture consumer products or airplanes, or search for oil, improving your computing performance will improve your competitiveness.
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has granted Eskom a 31.3% price increase on the average standard tariff.
Launching the 2009, Cleaner Fires Campaign in Secunda today, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi lauded the campaign (Basa Njengo Magogo) as a transitional step towards a sustainable solution to air pollution in dense and low income communities because the overall goal is to achieve a better life for all.
Poor GDP growth and rising inflation combined are having an adverse affect on Nigeria’s income stream, prompting concern that Nigeria may see high levels of piracy and a renewed drive of kidnap-for-ransom schemes as criminal groups seek to procure alternate means of income, reveals a report by a leading risk consultancy that operates in the region.
The Financial Times and International Finance Corporation have recognized E+Co as Runner-Up to the 2009 Sustainable Investor of the Year. In 2008, E+Co was named the inaugural Sustainable Investor of the Year. These prestigious award honors institutions that operate with triple bottom line principles through incorporating social and environmental aims into their portfolios.
Eskom and the Department of Minerals and Energy are calling for entries or nominations for the 20th annual eta Awards. The eta Awards is an annual event sponsored by Eskom with the sole purpose of promoting the more efficient use of energy. Aimed at improving business competitiveness, the awards are granted for exceptional effort in promoting the more efficient use of energy.
26 February 2009, Witbank. Shell Lubricants South Africa launched its first dedicated grease truck in Witbank today. Uniquely customised for the purpose of refilling draglines, the truck is part of Shell Lubricants’ value-added offering at BECSA’s Middelburg, Klipspruit and Optimum mines, and will go a long way in ensuring mine staff safety, as well as significantly reducing downtime during the refilling process.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has announced a new range of sustainable lighting solutions for those without access to electricity. It has been estimated that around 1.6bn people around the world are in this situation and - for them - nighttime means either darkness or the dim glow of a kerosene lamp or candle. Three new Philips solar powered lighting products, and a wind-up torch have been developed to overcome such problems. They are:
Summary of new report by Ceres and the Pacific Institute: Water is crucial for the global economy – driving every industry from agriculture to electric power to silicon chip manufacturing. Beverage, apparel and tourism also rely on supplies of clean, potable water to survive and grow.
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